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Creating a Hybrid Infrastructure with Software-Defined Solutions



Untitled design (5).jpgFor small and midsize businesses (SMBs), the key to performing and competing like major organizations is creating a fast, reliable, and efficient IT infrastructure. Today’s business leaders are seeking cutting-edge technologies to execute demanding workloads, increase workplace productivity, and boost customer satisfaction.

A major challenge is finding ways to improve the speed and quality of their business processes while struggling with restrictive IT budgets, limited resources, and legacy operating systems. Data storage management capabilities are becoming increasingly important to facilitating business growth, which poses substantial issues as organizations strive to accommodate evolving IT and industry requirements.


As workloads grow in size and complexity, businesses must improve their ability to capture, process, and store large quantities of data. Businesses with resource constraints rely on affordable and high-performing storage solutions to provide the scalability necessary to deliver enhanced capacity and performance, and entry-level storage solutions are crucial to reducing TCO and stretching IT management resources. Users can leverage dedicated file storage, while extending their servers and flexible shared storage arrays to power a variety of applications.

The HPE MSA Storage family offers a line of flash-enabled arrays to accelerate applications and workload execution, designed to work hand-in-hand with HPE ProLiant servers. With over half a million units deployed, these entry-level storage systems are proven to help SMBs create a powerful and comprehensive hybrid infrastructure to dramatically reduce downtime and simplify IT management, all at an affordable price.

The fifth and latest generation includes the MSA 2052 hybrid flash solution array and the flexible MSA 2050 base model with optional solid-state drive (SSD) capacity, both of which help streamline IT operations by supporting superior application availability, network connectivity, and storage system scalability options. Not only for SMBs, this latest generation of MSA shared storage arrays is also used in enterprise environments to deliver performance across remote offices and branch locations.


SMBs must choose technologies that are intuitive, flexible, and highly available in order to expand their IT environments. For customers looking to collapse infrastructure silos, SimpliVity systems leverage a hyperconverged, software-defined foundation—including collapsed server and storage, native backup and recovery, and purpose-built virtualized workloads—to make hybrid IT simple.

For those looking for a new approach to storage and support, Nimble Storage solutions offer superior agility, efficiency, and scalability to help businesses manage continuous data growth without sacrificing speed or performance. With all flash, adaptive flash, and secondary flash arrays now available, Nimble Storage systems offer balanced value with a mix of cost-optimized and flash-optimized data services.  However, what truly differentiates Nimble Storage arrays is InfoSight Predictive Analytics software, which delivers radically simple storage management and transformative support experience.

Nimble Storage arrays feature four key advantages:

  • Simplicity: A software-defined infrastructure with a modern, flash-optimized storage foundation enables seamless deployment and management. And secondary flash arrays can be easily converged and integrated for radical simplicity.
  • Non-Stop Availability: Nimble systems deliver 99.9999% measured uptime through InfoSight Predictive Analytics and no single point of failure.
  • Adaptive Performance: A powerful combination of all flash arrays and adaptive flash arrays accelerate performance, even as storage requirements continue to evolve. NimbleOS delivers optimal performance and drive downs latency to under 1 millisecond.
  • Future Scalability: Utilizing an all flash array scale-out cluster, managed as a single entity, SMBs can non-disruptively scale beyond the limits of other flash arrays in its class.

SMBs across all sectors are seeking new and effective ways to enhance business productivity and performance. By adopting software-defined storage solutions, organizations can decrease operational costs and maximize data management capabilities with a hybrid infrastructure.

To learn more about technologies that are empowering SMBs, I encourage you to follow us on Twitter at @HPE_SMB.

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VP/GM for HPE ProLiant Rack and Tower Servers and SMB Solutions. Previously VP/GM for HPE Server Software and Enterprise Solutions. Prior to HPE, Tim founded and partnered in technology management to provide strategic and operational expertise to both established and emerging companies. Seventeen years at Dell with scope of responsibility broad and inclusive for managing the company’s single largest P/L of the core product portfolio. Established successful start-up businesses in new product segments. Worked in Asia to consolidate and scale global development and operations while engaging new business partners to create a forward-thinking organization responsible for the long-term horizon in business investments, technology planning and solution development.